The Real McCoy



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Show Times:

2:00PM & 8:00PM


2 hours and 30 minutes


Aug. 25-Sept. 9, 2023


Memorial Hall

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The Real McCoy

Written and directed by Andrew Moodie
Memorial Hall.

The true story of inventor Elijah McCoy (1843-1929), whose name became a byword for quality, as in “the real McCoy.”

Born in Colchester ON to runaway American slaves, McCoy showed so much promise as a boy in school that he won a scholarship to study mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University, where he developed an abiding love for large steam engines.

After graduation, McCoy moved to the US where locomotives were radically changing the future of the growing republic. Only after emigrating did he learn that no one in the States believed a Black man could be an engineer, and so he was set to stoking boilers and shovelling coal. Nevertheless, McCoy continued to dream and ultimately devised a solution to one of the greatest obstacles facing steam engines in his day.

McCoy’s invention would go on to be sold all over the world, make him a household name and revolutionize locomotion on every continent; so long as he held to his partners’ proviso: to never tell buyers he was Black.

Award-winning playwright, Andrew Moodie last performed on the Blyth Festival stage in 2007’s World Without Shadows and wrote the 1998 hit Wilbur County Blues.

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The Real McCoy starts on Thursday August 24 and ends on Saturday 9 September 2023.

“We’ve all heard the expression and yet hardly any of us know why. This new play reclaims a fascinating man’s life from undeserved obscurity.”

Gil Garratt

The Real McCoy at Memorial Hall

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Play Showings

The Real McCoy - previewFridayAugust 25, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoy - OpeningSaturdayAugust 26, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoyTuesdayAugust 29, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoyWednesdayAugust 30, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoyThursdayAugust 31, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoyFridaySeptember 1, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoy - United Way PerformanceSaturdaySeptember 2, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoyWednesdaySeptember 6, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoyWednesdaySeptember 6, 20238:00 PM
The Real McCoyThursdaySeptember 7, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoyThursdaySeptember 7, 20238:00 PM
The Real McCoy - United Way PerformanceFridaySeptember 8, 20238:00 PM
The Real McCoySaturdaySeptember 9, 20232:00 PM
The Real McCoySaturdaySeptember 9, 20238:00 PM

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